South Korea’s Yoon calls for greater cooperation with China and Japan

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SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on Saturday proposed a tripartite dialogue mechanism with China and Japan, including a leaders’ summit to address issues such as security and climate change.

At a summit of leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plus China, Japan and South Korea, Yoon called for greater joint efforts to overcome future crises complex, such as those resulting from war and rights violations as well as the risks to food and energy security brought about by climate change.

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Yoon also said North Korea’s series of provocations and attempts to boost its nuclear and missile capabilities posed a serious threat to the international community.

He stressed that if North Korea launches another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and conducts its seventh nuclear test, the international community should respond with one voice, the presidential office said in a statement.

At the same time, South Korea would seek economic support from North Korea if it decided to denuclearize.

ASEAN leaders have expressed concern over North Korea’s nuclear program, which defies international and UN norms, calling on Pyongyang to stop threatening regional peace and respond to denuclearization talks, the South’s presidential office said. Korean.

Yoon is expected to hold a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday in Phnom Penh on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit, Yonhap news agency reported citing the South Korean presidential office.

He will also hold a meeting with US President Joe Biden as well as a trilateral summit with Biden and Kishida on Sunday. (Reporting by Joyce Lee and Minwoo Park; Editing by Stephen Coates)


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